As a symposium, the focus of US2TS will be on discussions and community building, and thus there is no paper track. However, everybody is invited and encouraged to bring an A1-sized poster to the poster session. Please indicate during the registration whether you plan on bringing a poster as space is limited. The program will run from 8:30am-5pm on Thursday and 8:30am-3pm on Friday.
The registration desk will be open from 8:00am on March 1, and will be located in the Lobby of the NEC (Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration) building. The plenary sessions will take place in room NEC 101, next to the registration desk. You can also join our live chat.
|March 1st, 2018|
|9:00-10:00||Keynote by Craig Knoblock|
|10:30-12:00||Session I (Cross Cutting Technologies) chaired by Pascal Hitzler
• Deborah L. McGuinness, Rensselaer Polytechnics Institute
• Achille Fokoue, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
• Michael Grüninger, University of Toronto
• Tim Finin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
• Alessandro Oltramari, Robert Bosch LLC
|1:00-2:30||Session II (Publishing and Retrieving) chaired by Yolanda Gil
• Juan Sequeda, Capsenta Inc.
• Rob Sanderson, J. Paul Getty Trust
• Philip Schreur, Stanford Library
• Brian Ulicny, Thomson Reuters
• Dan Brickley, Google
|2:30-3:30||Poster Session and Coffee Break|
|5:00||Leave towards Reception (until 8:00pm)|
|March 2nd, 2018|
|8:30-10:00||Session III (Space and Time) chaired by Krzysztof Janowicz
• Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnics Institute
• Karl Grossner, World History Center, University of Pittsburgh
• Eric Kansa, OpenContext
• Werner Kuhn, Center for Spatial Studies, UC Santa Barbara
• Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina
|10:30-12:00||Session IV (Life Sciences) chaired by Michelle Cheatham
• Chris Mungall, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
• Melissa Haendel, Oregon Health & Science University
• Matt Lange, University of California, Davis
• David Booth, Yosemite Project
|1:00-1:45||Report on Breakout Results|
|1:45-2:00||Perspectives on Open Knowledge Networks with Chaitan Baru, NSF|
|2:00-2:30||Quo Vadis? Keynote by Yolanda Gil|
|2:30-3:00||Townhall & Closing Ceremony|
|3:00-3:30||Coffee and Informal Wrap Up|
Breakout I: Broadening the Base* How can we lower the entrance hurdle?
* Can we improve tool support; which tools are missing?
* What are the lessons learned in designing our current technology stack that we can apply in the future?
* How do we improve support for scope (time, space,...) and probability/uncertainty?
* When does reasoning actually matter?
Breakout II: Ontology Modeling and Reuse* `After RDFS, we needed more.' Is this really the case?
* What are the use cases for 'heavyweight' ontology?
* What is ontology reuse and is it really a good thing? Aren't we creating Frankenontologies?
* Have ontology design patterns made an impact (yet)?
Breakout III: Linked Data Across Domains* Is the way we publish Linked Data sustainable?
* Which domains have adopted Linked Data better than others and why?
* How can Linked Data be easier integrated into the production chain?
* What are the steps necessary to create an open knowledge graph/network usable for small business?
Breakout IV: How to improve visibility and impact of the U.S. community?* How to create a public "face" for the community?
* How to overcome the natural barriers between our different fields?
* How to improve collaboration and information flow between methods development and practice?
* How to improve availability of funding for core methods or applied research regarding Semantic Web Technologies?
Opening Keynote by Craig Knoblock
Title: From Artwork to Cyber Attacks: Lessons Learned in Building Knowledge Graphs using Semantic Web Technologies
Abstract: Over the last few years we have been building domain-specific knowledge graphs for a variety of real-world problems, including creating virtual museums, combating human trafficking, identifying illegal arms sales, analyzing changes to the built environment using maps, and predicting cyber attacks. We have developed a variety of techniques to construct such knowledge graphs, including techniques for extracting data from online sources, aligning the data to a domain ontology, and linking the data across sources. In his talk I will present these techniques and describe our experience in applying Semantic Web technologies to build knowledge graphs for real-world problems.
Bio: Craig Knoblock is a Research Professor of both Computer Science and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC), Director of the Intelligent Systems Division at the Information Sciences Institute, and Associate Director of the Informatics Program at USC. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and his Master’s and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in computer science. His research focuses on techniques for describing, acquiring, and exploiting the semantics of data. He has worked extensively on source modeling, schema and ontology alignment, entity and record linkage, data cleaning and normalization, extracting data from the Web, and combining all of these techniques to build knowledge graphs. He has published more than 300 journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers on these topics. Dr. Knoblock is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), past President and Trustee of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), and winner of the 2014 Robert S. Engelmore Award.
Quo Vadis? Keynote by Yolanda Gil
In this talk, Yolanda Gil will summarize the results of the symposium, reflect on key findings and topics, and combine this with a look into the future of our domain.
Bio: Dr. Yolanda Gil is Director of Knowledge Technologies at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, and Research Professor in Computer Science and in Spatial Sciences. She received her M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus on artificial intelligence. Dr. Gil uses semantic web technologies in diverse science domains to advance research in semantic workflows and metadata capture, social knowledge collection, and computer-mediated collaboration. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Past Chair of its Special Interest Group in Artificial Intelligence. She is also Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and was elected as its 24th President in 2016.
Confirmed invited speakers/panelists include:
- Chaitan Baru, National Science Foundation
- David Booth, Yosemite Project
- Dan Brickley, Google
- Tim Finin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
- Peter Fox, Rensselaer Polytechnics Institute
- Michael Grüninger, University of Toronto
- Melissa Haendel, Oregon Health & Science University
- Eric Kansa, OpenContext
- Craig Knoblock, University of Southern California
- Werner Kuhn, University of California, Santa Barbara
- Matt Lange, University of California, Davis
- Deborah L. McGuinness, Rensselaer Polytechnics Institute
- Rob Sanderson, J. Paul Getty Trust
- Philip Schreur, Stanford Library
- Ryan Shaw, University of North Carolina
- Brian Ulicny, Thomson Reuters
- Achille Fokoue, IBM TJ Watson Research Center
- Karl Grossner, World History Center, University of Pittsburgh
- Jim Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Chris Mungall, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
You can find a flyer for the event here.